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Do Dogs Sweat Through their Paws?

Yes. Dogs sweat through their paws. When your dog is hot, the sweat glands in his paw pads activate to cool him down.

Key Takeaways

Dogs use their paws to sweat and stay cool. Dogs also use panting and vasodilation to stay cool in hot and humid environments.

Dogs don’t sweat from their entire body like humans. Observe your dog for signs of overheating and heat strokes and provide adequate means to stay cool.

How Do Dogs Sweat? 

Dogs do not sweat as humans do. Humans release sweat all over our bodies, but our adorable pups cannot. Certain parts of the dog’s body produce sweat from two glands. The merocrine gland and the apocrine gland are these two glands.

Similar to our sweat glands, the merocrine gland produces hormones. These glands are located in your dog’s paws and sweat to help him cool down. You may notice damp paw prints on the ground while walking your dog on a warm day.

Apocrine glands are considered sweat glands by veterinarians, but they do not function as merocrine glands, which help dogs cool off. Your dog’s apocrine glands release pheromones all over his body, which helps other dogs identify him and help him to identify others.

Another way your dog cools down is by panting, a vital part of temperature regulation. As dogs pant, they send cooler air into and around their bodies.

Vasodilation is another way dogs keep cool. Blood vessels expand and rise toward your dog’s skin during this process, where the external air cools them.

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The Signs Your Dog Is Hot 

When your dog is out in the heat, their coat helps regulate their body temperature by blocking sunlight. It depends on the type of coat your dog has, and sometimes extra fur can cause them to overheat if they are out for too long without a chance to cool down.

It may be difficult for dogs bred for arctic conditions, such as Siberian Huskies, to stay cool in the heat. Dogs can overheat due to dehydration, being kept in hot cars with no airflow, and even exercising on a hot day.

Especially on hot days, dog owners should pay close attention to their dogs while they exercise so that heat stroke can be diagnosed quickly.

These signs may indicate that your dog is overheating:

  • The body is overheated
  • A lack of energy
  • Heavy panting excessively
  • Frequently drooling with thick, rope-like saliva
  • Red gums
  • A rapid heartbeat
  • Tremors in muscles
  • Coordination problems
  • Seizures
  • Collapse

What Causes Sweating In Dogs?

Several causes can cause a dog sweating, but the most common is heat stroke.

  • Leaving your dog outdoors in a hot, humid environment can quickly lead to heat stroke.
  • Dogs are not provided with adequate shade and cool water.
  • The most familiar cause of heat stroke in dogs is leaving them in a hot car during the summer. A car parked in the sunlight can reach over 100F in just a few minutes, even on mild days. There is no way of cooling as most owners also pull up the mirrors to avoid dog theft.
  • Heat stroke is more common in certain dog breeds than others. Due to their unique anatomy, brachycephalic breeds, such as the Pug, Pekingese, Shih Tzu, and English and French bulldogs, are at particular risk.
  • Older and overweight dogs also have an increased risk of heat exhaustion, heat stress, and heat stroke.

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How to Keep Your Dog Cool? 

Dogs cannot regulate their body temperature like humans. Here are a few tips to help you keep your dog cool.

  • Get the dog out of the hot environment as soon as possible.
  • Go somewhere cool and out of the sun
  • Provide your dog with plenty of fresh water to drink
  • During the hottest parts of the day, keep them indoors
  • Make sure they have shade and keep an eye out for signs of heat stroke or overheating if they are outdoors
  • Keep them out of your car during hot weather, especially
  • Take them swimming if they are outside
  • Consult your veterinarian

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FAQs 

Are dogs sweaty all over? 

In contrast to humans, who can sweat anywhere on their bodies, dogs sweat only from their paw pads. When it’s hot outside, a dog’s paws don’t produce much sweat, so most dogs pant with their tongue out to stay cool.

When a dog has a fever, do they sweat?

Dogs with fever have different causes, symptoms, and healing processes than humans. Dogs cannot sweat out a fever. The normal body temperature of a dog is between 99.5°F and 102.5°F.

Do dogs sweat when they are stressed?

Stress and anxiety can also cause dogs to sweat, which can be seen by moist paw pads. Reducing his stress should resolve the issue, but if his paw pads are also red or otherwise irritated, it may indicate an infection or other condition that needs to be examined by a vet.

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